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Re: TV times metaphor

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Lindsay Wallace <[log in to unmask]>

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Lindsay Wallace <[log in to unmask]>

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If Debbi Boden is following this there might well be an "I'm sorry I
haven't a clue session" at LILAC10!

Lindsay
Lindsay Wallace
Learning Resources Manager
 
 Look it up on http://library.midchesh.ac.uk/search  

-----Original Message-----
From: Information literacy and information skills teaching discussion
list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Smith, Peter
R (SLS)
Sent: 09 June 2009 13:09
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: TV times metaphor

It partakes a bit of Mornington Crescent too...

Explain IL sticking to Opshaw's Reverse Opening and remember- all
databases are frozen until the first reverse...

-----Original Message-----
From: Information literacy and information skills teaching discussion
list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richenda
Gwilt
Sent: 09 June 2009 13:07
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: TV times metaphor

This thread is beginning to remind me of Humphrey Littleton's
explanations of "One song to the tune of another", if anyone is an "I'm
sorry I haven't a clue" fan.....  ;-)

Best wishes,

Richenda 

-----Original Message-----
From: Information literacy and information skills teaching discussion
list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jason Eyre
Sent: 09 June 2009 12:10
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: TV times metaphor

Further to shopping metaphor for finding information: when it comes to
evaluation, most learners have already had the experience of
'comparative shopping' where they compare the relative merits of one
product with another, weighing up the pros and cons of competing
products (sources) before making a final decision where they will spend
their money (or in the case of an information source, time); emphasising
the skills that a learner already has can be a way of engaging them with
a process they may initially take to be quite foreign and unfamiliar. In
this sense it acts more like an analogue than a metaphor. 


Jason Eyre
Assistant Librarian
Health Studies and Public & Community Health Social Work Community &
Criminal Justice (Applied Criminology, Probation, Policing) Youth Work &
Community Development Public Policy Housing Kimberlin Library De
Montfort University The Gateway Leicester LE1 9BH United Kingdom

Tel: ++44 0116 257 7869
Fax: ++44 0116 257 7145



-----Original Message-----
From: Information literacy and information skills teaching discussion
list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nancy Graham
Sent: 09 June 2009 11:24
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: TV times metaphor

I often use shopping/cooking metaphors:
 
Explaining to students that searching for information can be a bit like
planning an important dinner party.  They shouldn't go shopping without
first writing a list of ingredients (search strategy) as they might
waste time and get the wrong items once in the shop.  Also, the quality
of the ingredients and organisation of items can differ depending on
which shop they use.
 
Also, the idea of where to find things once in the shop - I think
supermarkets are quite good for explaining how information is
categorised and how articles are indexed.  For example, where would you
find raisins?  Could be several places: snack aisle, health food aisle,
fruit and veg or the baking aisle.  So an article can be indexed with
several different tags.
 
Nancy
Nancy Graham

Acting Academic Support Team Manager

(Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)

Library Services

Academic Services

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston

Birmingham B15 2TT

 

Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 6570

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From: Information literacy and information skills teaching discussion
list on behalf of Robert Polson
Sent: Tue 09/06/2009 10:19
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Subject: Re: TV times metaphor



Using the metaphor of different kinds of shops is also a good method -
even comparison between supermarkets helps also.

Rob

-----Original Message-----
From: Information literacy and information skills teaching discussion
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Sent: 09 June 2009 10:16
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Subject: TV times metaphor

Another contribution

The metaphor is that of TV listings magazines. I originally developed
this as a way of explaining the difference between A&I databases and
full text databases. A TV listings magazine gives information about
shows on all channels (i.e. articles in all journals), but you can only
watch the shows that are free or on channels you subscribe to (i.e.
journals that are free or your library subscribes to).

This can be broadened to the wider area of finding information on a
topic by drawing distinctions between general resources like the Time
Out film guide (Google - doesn't care what types of films/academic
information you need) and the guide to greatest horror films
(subject-specific, will give far more in-depth knowledge). Essentially,
it's part of showing that depending on your particular need there are
some resources that are better-suited than others.

Still worried about not crediting these to the creators but they have
been sent to me rather than the list so I think I need to respect their
confidentiality. Perhaps I'll list all the contributors once the ideas
start to dry up?

Mark

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The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland,  number
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